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Kingsbridge Lawn Tennis Club Finals Day - Saturday September 10 2016 - Photo & Article by George Matheson with grateful thanks
Photo: Some of the Winners - From left to right: Pete Flaherty (Men's Singles Plate Champion), Ball Dog!, Claudette Uff (Women's Doubles Champion), George Matheson (Men's Doubles Champion & Mixed Doubles Plate Champion), Keith Olver (Men's Doubles Champion and Mixed Doubles Champion), Carol Philcox (Women's Doubles Champion & Mixed Doubles Champion), Joe Jenkins (Women's Singles Plate Champion), Andy Willmott (Men's Singles Champion), Future Tennis Champion!
Despite Saturday’s early downpours, glorious sunshine dried the courts just in time for this year’s Kingsbridge Tennis Club finals day. It began with the Men’s Singles where 2015 Champion Andrew Willmott faced Keith Olver across the net in a rerun of last year’s match. Both players had battled through to the singles, doubles and mixed finals and would have plenty of time to size up their opponent’s game throughout the day. The first set was hard fought and needed a tie break with Wilmott triumphing. Unfortunately Olver suffered from the intense heat and had to retire with Wilmott retaining his champions crown (7-6 walkover). Next up the Women’s Singles Trophy. Relative newcomer, the much improved Zoe Martin took on former multiple champion Carol Philcox in a pulsating match. There was some fierce hitting from both women in an entertaining battle with Philcox emerging victorious (6-2, 6-3) after nearly two hours under a blazing sun.
Following intense treatment (cups of sugary tea and a sit down) Keith Olver had recovered enough to take his place on the court alongside George Matheson for the Men’s Doubles against Alan Hodgkinson and Andrew Wilmott. Powerful drives from Hodgkinson and deft backhands from Willmott saw them serving for the first set at 5-4 but a resurgence from the now fully recovered Olver and partner Matheson saw them take the opener. The next set saw Olver and Matheson step up the pace and take the trophy 7-5, 6-3.
Last year’s champions Carol Philcox and Claudette Uff were next up for the Women’s Doubles final. For Carol it was the second of three final appearances on the day. Facing them across the net were Jane Ryan and Judi Wigg. In a match that was more competitive than the score showed, Philcox and Uff triumphed 6-2, 6-2 to retain the trophy.
As shadows lengthened across the green courts the Mixed doubles got underway. Carol Philcox with partner Keith Olver and Andrew Willmott were on their third match of the day. Kingsbridge Tennis club’s Chairwoman Lesley Healey partnered Wilmott. This was a hard fought pulsating game which saw the lead switching often. Wilmott and Healey narrowly took the first set 7-5 but Olver and Philcox fought back to take the second 6-4. The decider went to Olver and Philcox who won the title (5-7,6-4, 6-2).
In the Plate events Pete Flaherty beat David Abrehardt in the Men’s Singles (6-1,2-6,6-1). Joe Jenkins overcame Lesley Healey (6-3, 3-6, 6-3) in the Women’s Singles while George Matheson and Zoe Martin beat Richard Miller and Lin Tucker in the Mixed Final (6-0,6-1).
If you would like to star in next year’s finals or just play for fun, Kingsbridge Lawn Tennis club welcomes all abilities. Anyone interested in a taste of what the club has to offer on or off the courts should call 08432 894041, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.kingsbridgetennis.uk